JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The after-school program is for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Annual chili dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, First Gospel Workers Church, Maiden Lane and Perkins Street. Cost: $6. The all-you-can-eat meal includes chili or vegetable soup, dessert and drink. Proceeds will go to repairs at the church. Details: 417-781-3078 or 417-438-9954.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: ÒA Little Mozart,Ó 7:30 p.m. Friday, Scottish Rite Cathedral. Produced by Heartland Opera Theatre. Tickets: $15. Details: 417-782-4953.
JOPLIN: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474 or 417-624-0133.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Fun for 4s and 5s, 10:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 months old. Details: 417-623-2184.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
GALENA, KAN.: Second Saturday breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Galena Masonic Lodge, 210 Joplin St. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and biscuits and gravy will be served. Cost: $6; $3 for children.
JOPLIN: Single moms group, 6 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. Dinner at 6 p.m., fellowship 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children welcome, food and games provided. Details: 624-3366.
JOPLIN: Everyday Earth Day Celebration, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Suzanne's Natural Foods, 3106 S. Connecticut Ave. The event will include a health fair, gardening and recycling workshops, activities for children, and live music by the Green Earth Band. Details: 417-781-0909.
JOPLIN: Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Participants may build creations with the library's Lego bricks. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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